SWAGC (Graduate Coursework)
I have been teaching for 20+ years and love it! My hunger for teaching Spanish developed after an internship in Costa Rica in an underdeveloped school. I vowed I had to be a part of bringing change to schools to increase learning, so I did. For the past 10 years as a team leader we have gone to CR to bring truckloads of classroom materials to schools, teachers, and students, as well as humanitarian supplies as well. We have been able to reach out to many other countries in need of school and humanitarian supplies as well.
My classroom is comprised of material from many of these countries and the students love the interactive classroom! We are learning via auditory, visual and kinesthetic avenues as I firmly believe in being active to increase learning and it is FUN! Just reading a textbook and memorizing material does not work for my students (or myself)! I have tutored students for many years and have even enjoyed their testimonies of being advanced in sequential classes from what they learned in our classroom. They have the confidence that they need to pursue their career and many continue with Spanish after it is no longer required. Some students have even gone on the outreaches to Costa Rica with me as helpers and translators. That is very rewarding.
I remember as a child having to be tutored in Math over the summer. It was long and boring. As I looked back, I knew that tutoring had to be fun, interesting, and educational...but the students needed to feel the change with confidence. Their smiles and humorous stories later on prove it!
I have been teaching Spanish since 1996 and I am certified. I have worked with elementary, middle school students and adults. My students have taken the Proficiency Exam a year early and have succeeded very well. I also help write the new middle school regional exams. Helping adults with first year courses has also been successful. I believe in tutoring according to the student's learning manner, so I seek to help students to know the material, feeling confident in their comprehension of what is being required. It is important to me that students know what they believe and why--that builds confidence.
Although I have a 24 hour cancellation policy, I fully understand "life happens" and I am willing to work with students that may have a situation within reason that prevented the tutoring session to take place. I do hold high standards but believe in helping students in anyway I can, to apprehend the material. I do like feedback from the lessons as I use it to improve my tutoring techniques. If a student or parent is not satisfied for a good reason, I do not bill them. Satisfaction and encouragement is important to me.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have in regard to the Spanish language. I will do what I can to help you achieve success. I look forward to hearing from you soon! I have been teaching for 20+ years and love it! My hunger for teaching Spanish developed after an internship in Costa Rica in an underdeveloped school. I vowed I had to be a part of bringing change to schools to increase learning, so I did. For the past 10 years as a team leader we have gone to CR to bring truckloads of classroom materials to
She is super patient and has an amazing ability to explain difficult things quickly and easily. My girls cannot wait to have another lesson with Ms. Sonya, I would highly recommend her to anyone.
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I have taken some of my students with me to Costa Rica as part of a non-profit organization that reaches out to students, teachers and schools in need to help them by supplying essential materials to expand their learning opportunities and encourage them to succeed for nine years. My classrooms are filled with items from many Hispanic countries; great engaging conversation pieces. I believe in showing students and having them use these items in the classroom so that they can see, feel and understand more of the Hispanic culture.